United States Military Academy
The United States Military Academy, also known as West Point, or simply USMA (or Army, for NCAA purposes), is a United States Army fort and military academy. Established in 1802, it is the oldest military academy in the United States. Students are referred to as cadets. Collectively, graduates are known as "The Long Gray Line" because of the color of cadet uniforms and the unbroken line of West Point graduates.
The Academy is located at West Point, New York, on a scenic overlook of the Hudson River, about 50 miles north of New York City. Occupying over 16,000 acres, it is one of the largest school campuses in the world. Its unique combination of facilities includes a ski slope and artillery range, in addition to the academic buildings and sports facilities found on a typical university campus. The post itself was first occupied in 1778, and it is thus the oldest continuously occupied military post in the United States.
|Location:||West Point, New York (approx. 50 miles from NYC)|
|School Colors:||Black, Gray and Gold|
|Founded:||1802 by President Thomas Jefferson|
|Motto:||Duty, Honor, Country|
|Mascot:||Army mules, named Crusader, Ranger and Traveler|
|Notable Alumni:||Presidents: Grant & Eisenhower,
Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Westmoreland, Petraeus
|Parent Club Site:||http://www.west-point.org/parent/wppc-western-pa|
|Notable Facts:||Oldest federal service academy
First college to have class ring
Two alumni served as US presidents